Somewhere along the way, car makers decided that even their lowest end models would be well equipped and fun to drive, instead of just being dull point A to B machines. Ford has vigilantly carried on this mantra with their new 2016 Ford Fiesta SE.
The Fiesta SE model that Chinese News tested started at $21,187. And you get a lot of car for that price—heated seats, blind spot mirrors, GPS navigation, Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, built-in navigation, and an automatic transmission.
From first glance, the new Fiesta SE doesn’t disappoint in the looks departments. While it isn’t Ford’s most eye-catching car, it has the grooves and streaks of a sporty hatchback.
通过新嘉年华, 福特显然试图向你推销一个令人兴奋的驾驶体验。嘉年华的引擎转速高，减震系统感觉像跑车，方向盘很紧但非常精确。它虽然以跑车概念设计，但福特却想办法提高了燃油经济性能。在高速路上奔驰时，嘉年华耗油只有6公升 / 100公里。在城市里时，油耗接近9L / 100KM。这一切都归功于它省油的1.6L发动机。
Ford is definitely trying to sell you an exciting driving experience with the Fiesta. The Fiesta loves to rev, the suspension is sporty, and the steering is tight and precise. Despite its sportiness, Ford has managed to balance performance with strong fuel economy. On longer high way treks, I was averaging just under 6L/100 KM, and in the city, I was averaging closer to 9L/100KM, all thanks to a fuel efficient 1.6L engine.
然而，追求“生态动感”是有代价的。时速超过110 KM / 小时以上时，该车不但会将1.6L的发动机推到3000RPM的转速，加大了噪音。新嘉年华僵硬的运动型悬挂，使得路面的每个颠簸和裂缝都会被感觉到。虽然这两个缺点都不是短程通勤的问题，但这可能不利于长途驾驶。
However, all of this ‘eco-sportiness’ comes at a cost. Breaking 110 KM/H on the highway pushes the small 1.6L engine over 3000RPM and causes quite a racket in the front. And thanks to the stiff sporty suspension, you feel every bump and crack in the road. While both of these shortcomings aren’t an issue on short commutes, it’s on the longer road trips that these issues can start to plague your Fiesta driving experience.
Because of the Fiesta’s size, it’s a fantastic car for city driving as it fits comfortably into small parking spaces. But the Fiesta’s small stature means huge trade-offs in terms of leg room and spaciousness. In the driver and passenger seats, things can get quite cramped as you’ll be less than arm’s length from everything. Passengers in the back fare much worse as leg room is nearly non-existent. However, the Fiesta’s hatchback allows for more trunk space and is definitely large enough for a day or two of camping with the family.
Perhaps one of the best features of the Fiesta SE is Ford’s new SYNC 3 infotainment system. It’s highly responsive, streamlined, and has strong voice recognition capabilities. Also included in our test-drive model was the satellite navigation, which is optional for $800. However, the navigation system is hopelessly unintuitive and difficult to use. A mounted TomTom GPS is a far more affordable option.
While the car comes well equipped, don’t expect too much luxury. A lot of the interior finishing is unrefined and certainly makes the Fiesta feel like a cheap car. For instance, I found jagged corners on the plastic steering wheel cover that I almost cut myself on several times. The dash, centre console, and driver seat adjustment levers is by and large made from cheap and flimsy plastic. But these are minor nuances considering what you’re getting for the price.
In sum, the Ford Fiesta SE is a brilliant little car that comes well-equipped at a phenomenal price. You won’t be squeezing in four adults and it is a little rough around the edges (both literally, and figuratively), but it’s perfect for short daily commutes and for a small family with kids.
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